(Detroit, Michigan) During our recent tour of the Motor City, our friend and consummate guide, Jay Samuelsson, saw to it that we saw some amazing outside art by outsider artists in both Detroit and Hamtramck. Jay said we could save the Detroit Institute of Arts for another visit and suggested we concentrate our viewing on the following:
1. The Heidelberg Project, which is an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two-block area full of color symbolism and intrigue.
2. Guyton’s neighbor and fellow artist, Tim Burke, who has posted a sign in his yard stating:
Jay and I had a pleasant chat with Tim Burke and discovered that we have a certain 12-step program in common with him and that he hosts an outdoor meeting every week amidst his outdoor art. Jay and I resolved to attend soon.
3. Hamtramck Disneyland is the yard art/folk art owned by Dmytro Szylak who was born in Ukraine. He began the project in 1992 and finished it in 1999. He was not home when we viewed his amazing installation. In our travels around the Detroit area with Jay, we discovered there is so, so much more art to see, and we surely will return and see it all. Meanwhile, enjoy what we did see during our recent visit with the learned Mr. Samuelsson.